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Mortar

Gordon Campbell

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Cup-shaped receptacle of a hard material (e.g. marble, brass, bronze, bell-metal, wood, or glass), in which ingredients used in pharmacy and cookery, are pounded with a pestle (see colour pl. IV, fig. 3). The shape originates in the Arab world, and was introduced into Europe in the 11th century.

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